Caving to the Cravings

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Caving to the Cravings

I don’t know about you, but I’m much better at doing something than not doing something. So if I do a work out, it’s done. I may not feel like it right now, I may not even enjoy it (rare, but it happens), but at least it’s done.

If I’m presented with a chocolate cake, and that cake is not the right thing right now, then I have to not eat the chocolate cake. And in 5 minutes, I have to not eat the chocolate cake. Seventeen minutes later – oh, look at that! I’m still stuck not eating it.Ā  You never EVER finish not eating the chocolate cake.

Well, unless you can trick someone else into eat it for you, which some say is cruel.

I say survival of the most devious.

At any rate, self-control makes me crotchety. And when I’m crotchety, you can probably guess how I cope.

Source: mybakingaddiction.com via Pinterest

My downfall isn’t just chocolate cake, it’s the midafternoon doldrums, with the snack machine calling my name. It’s the evening munchies when I’m not actually hungry. It’s the dreaded weekly group meeting where everyone takes a turn bringing something yummy to eat. And not doing is not working for me.

So I’ve started brainstorming things I can do. Stuff to side-step, avoid, or replace the eating that I know I shouldn’t be doing. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

  • Herbal tea. It keeps my mouth and my hands busy, at my desk or in meetings.
  • Play with my kids. Seems a no-brainer, doesn’t it? If we’re curled up on the couch with a book, mama can’t get to the chocolate chip stash. Win win.
  • Blog. There’s something fundamentally wrong with writing a weight-loss blog post with chocolate on your breath. Not that it hasn’t been done, of course.
  • Play guitar. Because if I picked up a guitar every time I wanted to open the fridge, I might actually be able to play a B-minor. (The “B” is for “brutal”, incidentally. Majorly brutal. Calling it “minor” is a cruel joke.)
  • Hop on the Wii. It may not be a hard-core workout, but it’s not eating, or even sitting on the couch. Another one of those win-win thingies.

How do YOU keep from caving to the cravings?

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14 responses

  1. I read The End of Overeating by David Kessler and haven’t had a craving in the same way ever since.
    http://www.amazon.com/End-Overeating-Insatiable-American-Appetite/dp/1605297852
    Your post reminded me that he talks about how the chocolate cake *causes* stress (about whether or not to eat the chocolate cake).
    I think I’m going to write my next LIO post about this book. I’d recommend it! It won’t solve or cure the cravings, but it will explain in excruciating detail what is happening in your body and brain as soon as you see, think, or taste the chocolate cake.
    Meanwhile, you’ve got a nice list going!

    • Thanks! I will definitely check this out. Like, literally: I just checked and they have it at the library – I’ve already put in my request šŸ™‚

  2. Survival of the most devious!!! FREAKING LOVE THAT! This week I ate TWO really crappy super sugary cupcakes that the kids made…they weren’t even good. I felt awful after, ill. So now I am trying to remember how that felt…and hold out for the good stuff..if I am going to have a dessert I want the GOOD STUFF…like sneaking over to a certain friends house breaking in and raiding her fridge for a piece of that awesome Guinness buttercream ass cake she made! LOL

    • *g* I’m all about devious… or maybe that was “deviant”.

      I remember seeing comments about that cake, I nearly asked for a recipe and then realized that that would be a mistake!

      For me, it’s not even necessarily about cake. It’s those long periods of having to “not do” something. I’d much rather do something that I can check off my list as being ‘done’ than have to sit there and not go to the fridge, or nibble on chocolate chips, or whatever. I have a list on my fridge of my reasons to lose, but they’ve been there so long that the effect has worn off. Maybe what I need to put up there now is the list of other things I could be doing… hmmm….

  3. I am pretty bad at combatting cravings so I make sure that I do the grocery shopping and don’t buy things I like to snack on in the evenings.:) I also figured out that if I skip breakfast I get munchy later!

    ps I started a health- related challenge at my blog. Care to join? šŸ˜‰

    • Yes – I mostly try to do that too. I haven’t had chips & dip in the house in nearly a decade :). Will go and check out your challenge, thanks for the tip!

  4. Herbal tea or a.large glass of ice water help me. As does moving AWAY from the snacks table. Really anything that occupies your hands works. Its really tough to snack while knitting šŸ™‚

    • Knitting! Thanks for the reminder! I forgot to put crochet on my list. I have a little crochet project on the go. Unfortunately it’s an amigurumi of food, but it’s *freakin’* *hilarious*. I’ll post it when it’s finished. Thanks Brigid!

  5. But feelings taste better with chocolate on them.
    Shoot…that wasn’t helpful šŸ˜›
    Busy hands help, especially when sitting in front of the TV. Smart phone, laundry, toy pick-up, anything will do. And not having any appealing treats in the house. I’m lucky that DH loves chips and they don’t float my boat. We have no reason for there to be chocolate lying around other than to tempt me!

    • Of course it was helpful – made me laugh šŸ˜›

      I should put tidying on my list, too. The things I could accomplish in this house if, every time I headed for the fridge, I veered off and tidied something!

  6. The part about writing a weight loss blog with chocolate on your breath made me snort. I really have to stop reading your blog at work.

  7. So I am just now going back and reading your other posts. I have wanted to since finding you through the 100 club…but…twin 3 year olds really put a damper on blog reading sometimes!

    Anyway…I love that you wrote this. My absolute worst time of day is the late afternoon followed closely by late evening. I must come up with my own list of go-to activities! So brilliant!

    • Thanks Ginger! I can only imagine what 3-year-old twins can do… to just about everything :P. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. For my part, I think I need to put this list into a more prominent place. Like the fridge. Or maybe stapled to my forehead šŸ˜›